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Swiss Army Special Forces Command

Swiss Army Special Forces Command


The Special Forces Command (German: Kommando Spezialkräfte) is an infantry corps of the Swiss Armed Forces specialised in rapid offensive operations, intel gathering and operations in urban areas, open fields and other difficult terrains, capable of acting on short notice.Grenadiers are subjected to considerable physical strain, applicants are required to be in excellent physical conditions, and recruits are chosen through a strict selection process. The Grenadiers have been part of the Grenadier Command 1 since the “Army XXI” reform in late 2004, before which Grenadier units were integrated in other regiments. Grenadier Command 1, subordinated to the “Reconnaissance Formations of the Armed Forces and Grenadiers”, is headquartered in Rivera. The Grenadiers’ motto, shared with many other military institutions and most famously with the US Marines, is “Semper Fidelis”.

 Special Forces Command (Switzerland)

Special Forces Command (Switzerland)


The recruitment process of Grenadier units takes place one year before recruit school, and generally matches the ones of other corps, with the exception that one must volunteer to become a Grenadier. Those interested are subjected to comprehensive medical and psychological tests. Recruit school, extending over a period of 25 weeks, is very demanding, both physically and psychologically. Those who, during the first 11 weeks, prove incapable of the necessary performances, are moved to other incorporations. Training for NCOs and officers begins after 9 weeks of recruit school, who undertake respectively 41 and 56 additional weeks of grade-specific training. Additional courses offered to recruits include basic training of shotguns (notably the Remington 870, which is designated as MzGw 91, Mehrzweckgewehr 91) and for marksmen/snipers (for the 8.6 mm Sako TRG) (SSGw 04, Scharfschützengewehr 04) and 12.7 mm PGM Hecate II rifle 12.7mm PGw 04 (12.7 mm Präzisionsgewehr 04 ) and survival techniques.

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Commandement des Opérations Spéciales (COS)

Commandement des Opérations Spéciales (COS)


The Commandement des Opérations Spéciales (COS; Special Operations Command) is the organisation which coordinates the use of the French special forces of all military branches (Army, Navy, and Air Force). Similar to USSOCOM or UKSF, COS was created on 24 June 1992, following the Gulf War. Its role is to direct and coordinate missions for special forces units; these are permanently under its direct command and immediately available for action. The command is led by a brigadier general or rear admiral, a NATO OF-6 post.

Commandement des Opérations Spéciales (COS)

Commandement des Opérations Spéciales (COS)


The COS consists of 2 known “circles”. COS does not officially recognise the 2nd circle but it is a well known term used by members and units. Circles are basically tiers. COS Command do not officially recognise any tier 2 units however tier 2 or 2nd circle operators receive better gear than a standard infantryman eg. they have access to Scar rifles and they also conduct more specialized missions and are essentially special operation capable to a certain extent. The 1st circle is under permanent COS command and the 2nd circle being called in for reinforcement. In the end, the COS can commandeer any members of the armed forces for special operations if necessary. There is no official documentation confirming the term “2nd circle”.
Commandement des Opérations Spéciales (COS)

Commandement des Opérations Spéciales (COS)


Tier 1 Units:
Army Special Forces Command: 1st Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment (1er RPIMa), 13th Parachute Dragoon Regiment (13e RDP) 4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment (4e RHFS)
Force des Fusiliers Marins et Commandos (FORFUSCO): Commando Hubert, Commando de Penfentenyo, Commando Jaubert, Commando de Montfort, Commando Trépel, Commando Kieffer, Commando Ponchardier
Air Parachute Commando n° 10, CPA 10 (French: Commando parachutiste de l’air n° 10)
Division des Opérations Spéciales (DOS; “Special Operations Division”)

The COS is not in charge of all special military units within the French Armed Forces. Action Division of France’s Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) is responsible for planning and performing clandestine and covert operations including black operations. The core specialisations of the Action Division are sabotage, destruction of materiel, assassination, detaining/kidnapping, and infiltration/exfiltration of persons into/from hostile territory. DGSE operatives are based in three so-called “training centres”, officially not combat units then, which compose the Centre d’Instruction des Réservistes Parachutistes (CIRP, “Paratrooper Reservist Instruction Centre”).

ZODIAC MILPRO FC 470 Heli Sling


Transport Zodiac Milpro FC 470 inflatable boats under helicopter with boat in ready-to-operate configuration. Well known throughout the world as the definitive Special Forces boat, the FC range is used by more elite soldiers and sailors than any other craft worldwide. It is the only craft of its type that has actually been used in combat in different theatres and comes thru with flying colors. This is a result of its unique patented hull shape and various floor systems that allows it to carry combatants in a variety of missions. The hull shape is especially important as it can get a large load on the plane as well as give the driver unsurpassed maneuverability in different and often dangerous conditions. Continually being updated for its ever-changing roles, the FC range is Zodiac Milpro most recognizable military boat.

ZODIAC MILPRO FC 470 Heli Sling

ZODIAC MILPRO FC 470 Heli Sling


Part 1 – Air insertion :
Carry the FC 470 (or FC 420/FC 530) and the team from a remote military base to the Mission area.
First option: Heli-Sling from Helicopter
Second option: Heli-Drop from Helicopter (FC 420/FC 470/FC 530).
Third option: Static Line Air Drop / Free fall Air Drop (with parachute) from Plane or Helicopter.
Part 2 – Sea insertion :
Navigation at sea to insert the team as close as possible of the shore, near the Mission area.
Part 3 – Underwater caché :
Sinking of the FC at short distance from the shore and low depth in order to hide the boat during the ground mission.
Phase 1: Sinking the FC…
Phase 2 : Recovering the FC…
Part 5 – Sea extraction :
Navigation at sea to move the team away from the shore.
Part 6 – Air extraction :
Carry the FC and the team away from the Mission area to a remote military base.
ZODIAC MILPRO FC 470 Heli Sling

ZODIAC MILPRO FC 470 Heli Sling


Zodiac Milpro is the global leader in the manufacture of military and professional RIBs and inflatable boats. Formed in 1909 as an airship company, Zodiac Milpro began repurposing the technology for use in boats as early as 1934, with the development of a 2-seat inflatable kayak. In 1940, Zodiac Milpro invents the prototype of the first inflatable boat. Since the 40’s every major development in the inflatable boat and RIB industry has been developed by Zodiac Milpro. Zodiac Milpro has more than 20,000 boats in daily use by over 80 military forces across the globe. Zodiac Milpro’s global network of trained specialists and approved service sites present in most parts of the world stand ready to give assistance and support to our products and customers. Fully operational Zodiac Milpro subsidiaries in North America, Europe and Australia, as well as dealers and agents worldwide, are available to discuss your requirements.
ZODIAC MILPRO FC 470 Heli Sling

ZODIAC MILPRO FC 470 Heli Sling

Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion

3rd Recon: Like No Other


Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, talk about why they chose to become Reconnaissance Marines and their experiences they’ve had with jumping out of aircrafts with the Utility Tactical Vehicle during Integrated Training Exercise 1-19 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, Nov. 15, 2018. The 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion (3rd Recon) conducts amphibious and ground reconnaissance in support of the 3rd Marine Division and Marine Forces Pacific (MarForPac), operating in the commander’s areas of influence. The Battalion is based out of Camp Schwab, a satellite base of Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler. It is geographically located on the Okinawa Prefecture in Japan.

The United States Marine Corps Reconnaissance Battalions (or commonly called Marine Division Recon) are the Special Operations Capable reconnaissance assets of Marine Air-Ground Task Force that provide division-level ground and amphibious reconnaissance to the Ground Combat Element within the United States Marine Corps. Division reconnaissance teams are employed to observe and report on enemy activity and other information of military significance in close operations. The Military Occupational Specialty code for Reconnaissance Man is 0321.

3rd Reconnaissance Battalion

3rd Reconnaissance Battalion


Reconnaissance forces are a valuable asset to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force when the MEF Commander is faced with uncertainty in the battlefield. Reconnaissance provides timely intelligence to command and control for battlespace shaping, allowing the MAGTF to act, and react, to changes in the battlefield. While Marine reconnaissance assets may operate in specialized missions, they are unlike the unconventional SOCOM’s forces counterparts. Both division and force are solely reserved for supporting the infantry, which are directly involved in the commander’s force of action in the battlefield, or battlespace shaping.

Many of the types of reconnaissance missions that are conducted by Marine Recon units are characterized by its degree in depth of penetration. This greatly increases the mission time, risk, and support coordination needs. Division reconnaissance are in charge of the commander’s Area of Influence, the close and distant battlespace; the force reconnaissance platoons are employed farther in the deep battlespace, or the Area of Interest.
(U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. William Chockey, Cinematography by Sgt. Joshua Chacon and Cpl. Jennessa Davey)

3rd Reconnaissance Battalion

3rd Reconnaissance Battalion

Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman Graduate 100th Class

Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman Graduate 100th Class


Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman graduate their 100th class and remember their roots. The Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) is a United States Naval Special Warfare Command team that operates and maintains an inventory of small craft used to conduct special operations missions, particularly those of the U.S. Navy SEALs. Individually, SEALs and SWCC go through separate specialized training programs that emphasize special operations in the maritime environment.

Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command graduated its 100th class of specially-trained small boat operators at a ceremony at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. Each SWCC graduate completed 27 weeks of training, including running a total of 157 miles, swimming 44 miles and completing the obstacle course at least 14 times. The total ammunition expended by the class exceeded 37,000 rounds of small arms ammo and 135,000 rounds of heavy weapons ammo. They navigated 750 nautical miles over 200 hours. The roughly 800-member SWCC community is smaller still, at .25 percent of the force.

Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman Graduate 100th Class

Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman Graduate 100th Class


SWCC specialize in swift mobility, due to this they also have a high level of training in tactical driving and convoy operations. They do many missions alongside SEALs providing security detail and evacuation. SWCC must be physically fit, highly motivated, combat-focused, and responsive in high-stress situations. To become a special warfare combatant-craft crewman, a service member must apply and be accepted to special programs, pass SWCC basic crewman training school, and pass other schools. Following this, they undergo crewman qualification training concurrently with a probationary period.

Special boat teams can trace their history back to World War II. Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three rescued General Douglas MacArthur (and later the Filipino president Manuel L. Quezon) from the Philippines after the Japanese invasion and then participated in guerilla actions until American resistance ended with the fall of Corregidor. The development of a robust riverine warfare capability during the Vietnam War produced the forerunner of the modern special warfare combatant-craft crewman. In 1966 River Patrol Force (Task Force 116) operated River Patrol Boats (PBR) conducting counterinsurgency operations in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam.

Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman Graduate 100th Class

Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman Graduate 100th Class

Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family

Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family


The Flyer 72 is a non-developmental item, purpose-built, lightweight vehicle designed to meet complex mission sets. Selected by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) as the vehicle of choice for their Ground Mobility 1.1 (GMV 1.1) program, at 72” wide it is capable of internal transport in the CH47 and C-130 aircraft. The Flyer 72’s modular approach provides the warfighter with a rapid mission reconfiguration capability. The Flyer 72 can quickly be configured and reconfigured to perform multiple missions such as light strike assault, rescue and evacuation, command and control, and reconnaissance.

Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family

Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family


The Flyer 72 is a mature, highly mobile platform, with a payload capacity over 5,500 pounds and can be configured to multiple crew sizes (up to nine). It is capable of being guns up in under a minute after exiting the aircraft, and can carry a variety of armaments. Its adaptable communications suite provides increased operating range and the provides the operator real-time access to critical information.
As a reliable and high performance vehicle, the Flyer® 72 offers safe and fast operating speeds with superior levels of mobility and maneuverability. It’s highly adaptable to severe, rugged and restrictive terrains while providing off-road, cross-country mobility in all types of weather conditions.
Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family

Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family


The Flyer 72’s modular approach provides the warfighter with a rapid mission reconfiguration capability. The Flyer 72 can quickly be configured and reconfigured to perform multiple missions such as light strike assault, rescue and evacuation, command and control, and reconnaissance.

  • Flexible crew seating, easily reconfigured from 3 to 9 operators
  • High component commonality between all vehicle configurations
  • Common tubular space frame chassis
  • Common 2.0L GM DOHC BiTurbocharged JP8 engine
  • Common 5-point seat restraints
  • Common Rollover Protection System built to withstand vehicle weight

Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family

Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family


The Flyer Advanced Light Strike Vehicle platform has been developed by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS), in partnership with Flyer Defense LLC, for the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ground Mobility Vehicle Program. The Flyer Advanced Light Strike Vehicle platform configurations are the Flyer 72 and the narrower Flyer 60. The Flyer was designed to fill a need by special operations forces to have a lightweight, mobile platform that could be transported by air and be configured for a variety of missions. It can be internally transported by V-22 Osprey, CH-53E Super Stallion, CH-47D Chinook, C-130 Hercules, and C-5 Galaxy, and be externally transported by UH-60L Black Hawk.
Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family

Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family


Netherlands Marine Corps DMV Anaconda 4×4

Netherlands Marine Corps DMV Anaconda 4×4


The Korps Mariniers (Netherlands Marine Corps) will receive a first DMV (Dutch Military Vehicle) Anaconda 4×4 tactical military vehicles in 2019. The first 36 DMV Anaconda tactical military vehicles developed by the Deba Bedrijfswagens B.V. will be formally transferred to Korps Mariniers on 31 January 2019. Two months later, another 10 will follow. The new Anaconda Vehicle is for the 32nd Raiding Squadron (Dutch Caribbean Forces). The 32nd Raiding Squadron is stationed in Aruba and is responsible for the defence of the Netherlands Antilles.

Netherlands Marine Corps DMV Anaconda 4×4

Netherlands Marine Corps DMV Anaconda 4×4


The DMV (Dutch Military Vehicle) Anaconda is a 4×4 light utility vehicle in the seven-tonne class. This vehicle is based on an Italian Iveco chassis. The front protected power pack consists of an Iveco diesel generating 180 kW ( 430 Nm), coupled to an automatic transmission with one reverse and five forward gears. This gives a maximum road speed of 110 km/h and a maximum range of 1,000 km. DEBA Bedrijfswagens is already for more than 30 years a reputable truck and van workshop andsalespoint. The Deba Bedrijfswagens is the official main dealer for the brands IVECO and FIAT.
Netherlands Marine Corps DMV Anaconda 4×4

Netherlands Marine Corps DMV Anaconda 4×4


The Korps Mariniers is the elite amphibious infantry component of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The Korps Mariniers are a rapid reaction force that can be deployed to any location in the world within 48 hours. Since 1972, units of the Netherlands Marine Corps have formed part of the British 3 Commando Brigade during exercises and real conflict situations. Also Mountain Warfare /Force Reconnaissance Troop of C Squadron NLMARSOF will be placed under UK operational command as part of C Squadron, UK Special Boat Service. Together, these form the UK/NL AF. Either the First or the Second Marine Combat Group can be assigned as the Dutch contribution to this force. UK/NL AF contributes to the European Multinational Maritime Force (EMMF).
Netherlands Marine Corps DMV Anaconda 4×4

Netherlands Marine Corps DMV Anaconda 4×4